But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. - Matthew 13:21 NLT
This verse is similar to the passage in Matthew 7 where it explains about a person who built their house on the sand and the person who builds their house on rock. The one who built their house on sand, went through the rain and storm and experienced a mighty crash. The house that was built on the rock didn’t collapse when the rain came and wind beat against the house, because it was built on bedrock. These verses are pretty self explanatory. They give us a visual to what may happen if we aren’t rooted and grounded in God. As we are entering spring time, the seasons are changing, during this season is typically when people start to plant their fruit/vegetable gardens. The process of planting starts with the soil. Bear with me for a minute as I explain the importance of plant growth, and how it relates so well to our lives.
The soil is an anchor for plant roots, and a water holding tank for needed moisture. Soil provides a hospitable place for a plant to take root. In the same way, God is our anchor. As we make sure we have God as our foundation in life, He provides a hospitable safe place for us to to take root in Him. An important function of soil is to store and to supply nutrients to plants. Likewise, the presence of God is where we get all our nutrients. We should remain filled with the nutrients that the Word of God carries for us. As rain or snow falls on the ground, the soil is there to absorb and to store the moisture for later use.
In our life, when rain or storms come, we are to remember Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God . . .””.
God will use that rain in our life for later use. Just as soil is the foundation of plants- it is needed for them to grow and to survive the world. That relates so much to us having God as our foundation. He will guide and lead us in the right direction to survive.
Plants not only need good soil but that is where the biggest part of the plant is- the roots. We need to be rooted so deeply in Christ that we can not be easily shaken. Once we plant ourselves in good soil, we will be able to sprout/grow (spiritually).
In Matthew 13, it says you will not last long if you do not have deep roots. Your roots hold you down. Your roots will keep you standing.
How deep are your roots?
Depending on how low your roots are will determine the result of your life when problems and persecution comes. We all go through different situations, and we all deal with them differently. We also all question our lives, our situations, and sometimes, to be honest, we have questioned God. We say, “Why do I feel lost, uprooted, and far away from God.” Maybe you were once close to God and now you feel distant. Cautiously, I’d say it’s because of us. We are the ones who do not allow our roots to grow deep in God. We focus more on what’s going on, on the outside. We want to see the fruit from our plants immediately, when we are barely in a seed form. We get frustrated because we are not seeing growth on the outside, when what’s happening on the inside is what will actually matter in the long run.
When we force things to happen without God, it will wither away when a problem comes.
Don’t give up when it seems things are taking too long--God's timing is perfect timing. Don’t give up when you don’t see the healing immediately. Don’t give up. It takes time for seeds to come out of the ground, to start to show, and to finally produce fruit. Seeds have to first grow down--underneath the soil in root form first. Remember, we have to be planted and rooted deeply in good soil (in Christ). That’s where we will produce all the fruits of the spirit.
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness. - Galatians 5:22 NLT
1. On a scale of 1-10 (10 being very deep), how deep are your roots in God in this current life season?
2. Have you uprooted yourself from the good soil (God) because it was taking longer than you expected to sprout?
3. What fruits are being produced in your life? Fruits of the spirit or fruits of the world? Take a moment to think about where you have planted your seed (your time, your heart, your mind, your money, etc) that will determine what seed you will produce.
Father God, I Thank You for wanting only the best for us. Thank You for always turning all things for good. I pray for patience in this season of our lives. I pray that you give us peace, during each thing we may go through. I pray that we may remain rooted in You, and that we grow our roots deeper each day. Lord, we want to be more like You. I pray that we are able to express the fruits of the spirit with each person that we come across.
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In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen